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1. actions of herbivorous animals eating growing pasture or cereal crop.
2. area of pasture or cereal crop to be used as standing feed. See also pasture.

grazing behavior
most grazing species prefer grazing in daylight hours and graze as a social or herd unit, all performing the same function at about the same time.
block grazing
see rotational grazing (below).
continuous grazing
the livestock are left in the field for long periods without rotation; a common practice in extensive farming systems where internal parasites are not a problem.
deferred grazing
a field is closed up and not used for grazing for the spring and summer but is then grazed as mature autumn feed. This may be a tactic to provide grazing at a time when pasture is usually in short supply, or it may be to allow a pasture to regenerate. Called also autumn saving.
grazing fee
see agist.
leader-follower grazing
the age group most susceptible to helminth infestation grazes the pasture first and are followed by the less susceptible older groups.
grazing pattern
the way in which each herbivorous species grazes a pasture, including closeness of cropping, preference for grass over clover over browse.
rented grazing
see agist.
rotational grazing
the herd or flock is moved frequently (days to weeks) from field to field in a management system aimed at reducing worm load and increasing production of dry matter. In many circumstances it does neither. Called also block grazing. See also rotation programs.
strip grazing
the field is grazed in strips which are changed every 1 to 3 days. This is done by careful placement of an electric fence so that the grazing strip is moved further and further away from the entrance to the field.
zero grazing
an animal husbandry strategy in which the plant material is harvested daily and fed to livestock in a dry lot. Avoids damage to pasture by cattle walking on it but requires much higher capital investment for harvesting machinery, construction and maintenance.
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30) were statistically similar in rotational and continuous grazing sites (Table 2).
Likewise, there was no significant difference in carbon stock between rotational and continuous grazing.
The current study did not find a significant difference in soil carbon stock between rotational and continuous grazing in pasture sites.
This paper reports on 6 years of data collected from 3 small catchments in which the 2 systems of TC and continuous grazing were practiced.
The logic behind this approach was that conversion from continuous grazing to TC grazing in C1 and C2 catchments only took place in 2001 when this project began.
That can result in an increase in forage production within those pastures compared to continuous grazing.
It also helps manage and improve stands of legumes and certain grasses that are sensitive to continuous grazing.
Studies on SOC and nitrogen (SON) accumulation in response to grazing management have mostly focused on different types of continuous grazing under a variety of stocking rates.
A high rate of SOM decomposition that eventually decreases SOC and N is attributed to intensive grazing involving excessive trampling, which occurs more frequently under continuous grazing with high stocking rates (Theron 1955; Du Preez and Snyman 1993).
Both rotational and continuous grazing systems may be improved by composting for early spring growth, reseeding to legumes and holding some pasture in reserve during drought periods.
0 goats/ha), continuous grazing for 10 months with goats rapidly depleted the perennial grasses, killed most of the shrubs, and decreased the amount of organic carbon, the level of aggregate stability, and the amount of fine sand on the dunes.
The results of the present study highlight some of the problems encountered by very high-intensity, continuous grazing (10 months) by goats in this landscape.

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